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Tennessee LLC Name Search

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Tennessee LLC Name Search

Tennessee LLC Name Search

Nailing down a great name for your Tennessee LLC can be challenging. 

You want the name to be unique and easy to remember while being legally acceptable and conveying what your business does. You also want it to be SEO-friendly so that it can easily be found on Google. That’s a lot of boxes to check. 

And even if you’ve already found the perfect business name, you need to make sure it’s available. That takes several steps, as detailed in this handy guide.

Tennessee LLC Entity Search 

The most important consideration when choosing an LLC name in Tennessee is to make sure it’s available and legally acceptable. Here’s how to confirm you can use your preferred business name. 

1. Check for availability in Tennessee

Go to the Secretary of State’s website and enter your business name. 


You should also search for similar business names, as you don’t want a name that can be easily confused with other businesses in Tennessee.

2. Check Tennessee’s LLC name regulations

In Tennessee, your LLC name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or one of its abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.). In addition, it cannot have words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency.

Additionally, your business name must be distinguishable from all other business names in the state and cannot include words like bank, insurance, or university without state approval or imply involvement in unlawful activity.

Lastly, your LLC name cannot falsely imply that your LLC is organized as, affiliated with, or sponsored by any fraternal, veterans, service, religious, charitable, or professional organization.

3. Check Trademarks

Check with the US Patent and Trademark Office to ensure the name has not been trademarked and is thus available nationally. 

4. Check domain name availability

You’ll want to make sure the domain name is available. You can check at a site like and use .com or .org, as those give your business more credibility.

5. Google it

Do a Google search to ensure the name is not being used in the U.S. or internationally. This is particularly important if you plan to have a strong online presence for your business.  

Once you’ve confirmed these, it’s a good idea to reserve the name with the state. 

How to file a Tennessee LLC Name Reservation

To reserve an LLC name in Tennessee, start by visiting the Secretary of State’s website and downloading the form. Unfortunately, you cannot file your reservation online, in person, or by mail. 

With the $20 fee, mail the form to or visit the office at:

Tennessee Secretary of State 
ATTN: Corporate Filing
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave FL 6 
Nashville TN 37243

Once your application is processed, your LLC name will be reserved for 120 days.

Doing Business As (DBA)

Even after all this work, you may want to do business under a name other than your LLC. First, you’ll need to register a “doing business as” or DBA name. There are two main reasons you might want to use a DBA.

  • Suppose you want to add new product lines. For example, if your business name is “JJ’s Waffles,” you want to expand and offer “JJ’s Muffins.”  You can have multiple DBAs under the umbrella of your one LLC. 
  • When you have a DBA, you can have a business bank account under that name. So if you add “JJ’s Muffins,” customers can pay “JJ’s Muffins,” and you can deposit those payments into the bank account with that name.

In Tennessee, a DBA is known as an assumed name. To register in Tennessee, go to the Secretary of State’s website to fill out the form. In addition, you’ll need the control number assigned when you formed your LLC. The fee is $20.

In Closing

Choosing a business name is a crucial step to entrepreneurial success, so if you’ve found a good one, don’t let somebody else get it! Just take the steps detailed above to ensure it’s available and legally acceptable before making the name yours.  

You don’t want to run into an issue later that could impact the success of your business.